Sep 302000
 

Had e-mail from Adelia d’Albuquerque (Delia for short) with a copy of her article of Kew Gardens, London. Delia and I are tree-huggers, so I know just how exhilarating her Kew Garden experience was. Sent Delia a short reply. Will write a long letter later, after I’ve gone to Kew Gardens on the web.

Later: For reasons unknown to me I did not reach the famous gardens. Instead I got caught in The Nature Web.

This is an interesting page about nature writing and the philosophy of nature by Frederick L. Musante, Jr. and includes a beautiful page of his beautiful daughter. Michelle is in the sixth grade. She gets mostly A’s and was named as one of her school’s “Academic All-Stars.” She loves animals, and owns two mixed breed dogs and of course wants to become a vet.

The Nature Web includes a selection from Henry Thoreau’s Walden , presented by Frederick L. Musante, Jr. who has added his comments to each quote. Here is a quote to which I can add my comments:

Men come tamely home at night
Only from the next field or street,
Where their household echoes haunt,
And their life pines because it breathes its own breath
Over and over again;
Their shadows, morning and evening,
Reaching no farther than their daily steps.
We should come home from far,
From adventures, and perils,
And discoveries every day,
With new experience and character.

……… And their life pines because it breathes its own breath over and over again……… And their life pines because it breathes its own breath over and over again………

One day, many years ago, I discovered I was thinking the same thoughts over and over again. My ego was hurt and returned to the origin and history of my displeasure whenever there was no task at hand that required my full attention. Over and over again……………

The fewer the thoughts the greater the awareness, the more open the mind.

I wish you, who reads this page, that you may start out each day eager for an adventure, an encounter, a new experience and that you may tell of a discovery, an insight, a new thought when you come home.